Homeowner How-to: Aerating and Overseeding

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Aerating and Overseeding with Brinly Attachments

Author: Shawn Thomas

Determine the Need for Lawn Aeration
If you have noticed that your turf grass isn’t looking its best or that water has difficulty penetrating through the soil surface, it may be time to aerate your lawn. Clay soils and lawns that bear heavy foot and vehicle traffic are especially notorious for needing aeration as they become compacted over time. Using a shovel, dig a small section of grass about six inches deep and examine. If the grass roots don’t extend further than two inches deep into the soil, your lawn would benefit from aeration.

Note: Don’t aerate a lawn that has been seeded or sodded within one year of planting.

Your aerator should not be used when lawn conditions are too wet or too dry. To determine condition, dig a small amount of your soil (about three inches deep):

If the soil appears powdery and brittle it is too dry. Wait until a later date, as the tines will not penetrate properly.  If the soil appears damp, roll a small amount into a ball in the palm of your hand.  If it forms a ball, then it is too wet; the soil should fall apart when rolled in the palm of your hand.  Wait a day or two for the soil to dry.  If the soil is too wet, the tines will not operate effectively and your tractor could lose traction, causing lawn damage.

What is Overseeding?
Overseeding is simply when you put seed down on top of already existing turf.  Many times, when planting new seed you will need to break up or aerate existing turf and soil to create a new place for the seed to take root. Although the term overseeding may sound negative, the effects of overseeding your lawn can be extremely positive if done correctly.

The Benefits of Overseeding
Overseeding can help improve the look and overall quality of your lawn, helping your grass to appear greener, fuller, healthier, and more vibrant. Lawns that simply look old and tired or those that have been attacked by bugs or disease are perfect for overseeding. The process of overseeding can help protect your lawn against bug infestation and disease, deal with shade, heavy traffic compaction, or extreme drought. Overseeding is the perfect option if you are looking to strengthen and protect your lawn in order to keep it looking just right.

How to Overseed
The first step to overseeding is to ensure your lawn is right for it. Make sure you have corrected any issues that may prevent new seed from taking root including: Soil Compaction, Poor Air Circulation, Poor Fertility and Poor Light Quality.

Have aerating and overseeding questions?  Post them in the comments section below!

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Thirteen Summer Lawn Care Quick-tips

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Summer Lawn Care Quick-tips

1. When in doubt, raise the cutting deck.
2. A shallow watering is worse than no water at all.
3. Don’t try to “water it back to life” – if it goes dormant, leave it.
4. Mulching > bagging
5. Never cut more than 1/3 of the blade at one time.
6. If you miss a regular cutting, use the highest setting.
7. Like a razor blade when shaving, a dull mower blade is a no-go.
8. If you must fertilize during the summer, only use organics.
9. Consider stepping stones for high-traffic areas.
10. Stop next years’ weeds with targeted, post-emergent herbicides.
11. Mow in varying patterns to avoid creating ruts.
12. Watering in the evening promotes fungal diseases.
13. Flush dog urine with water to prevent nitrogen burn.

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Superior Spreader: 6 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade

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superior spreader from Brinly

You know what they say; you get what you pay for.  This is especially true when it comes to spreading lawn fertilizer and other granular chemicals.  A mountain of plastic walk-behind spreaders are shipped in from Asia every year, used and discarded, only to be replaced the following year.

For between $40 and $80, these mass-produced broadcast spreaders enable homeowners to apply fertilizer and weed control agents to nourish and protect their lawns.  For many, these inexpensive alternatives may be adequate.  But every year, thousands of discerning homeowners decide that they’re tired of fighting with their entry-level broadcast spreaders.  Instead of replacing their inexpensive spreader every year and dealing with all the headaches that go along with them, they’d rather upgrade to a superior quality spreader and reap the benefits Continue reading

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Dethatcher Assembly Video: Brinly DT-40BH

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The rugged yet economical Brinly DT-40BH tow-behind dethatcher has been a top seller since its 2012 redesign. Despite its MSRP of under $90, its build quality is on par with those costing up to 50% more. Using the engagement lever that is easily accessible from the tractor seat, the user can engage one of the 3 operating modes: transport, dethatch, and scarify. The tines from pre-assembled from the factory, which significantly cuts down on assembly time. Use the this dethatcher assembly video along with your Owner’s Manual to breeze through the assembly process and get out in the yard in no time.

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